Jefferson Quilt Show 2016

This past weekend was our quilt show in Jefferson, and it was quite the success!  Somewhere around 900 people total came on Friday and Saturday, and then some more on Sunday.  I helped with setting up the show, selling used quilt books/magazines, and then taking it all down.  Many hands make the work lighter!

Here are some of my favorite quilts which were exhibited.  I didn’t have a quilt in the show this year, but I plan to have some ready for next year.  The pictures are less than stellar because 1. lighting was poor and 2. not much room to photograph.


I have a special place in my heart for tumbling block quilts, because that was my mother’s favorite.  This one was just beautiful!  It was hung in front of a window with light coming through, so that it simply glowed.


This one was unusual–the center medallion is reverse appliqué done by an artisan in Central America, and then the quilt maker just added to it.  I couldn’t really tell where one ended and the other began–they did a good job of matching the blue!  I’m always attracted to a blue and white quilt. :-)



One of these days I’m going to make a Lone Star quilt–hold me to it!  This one was a family heirloom quilt top, and the quilt maker learned to quilt just so she could finish it, and did a beautiful job.


And….here’s the big winner!  Another blue and white quilt :-)  This one was exquisitely quilted, and won the top awards. There were many beautiful quilts– I’m glad I wasn’t the judge.

Looking forward to next year’s show–y’all should come!  January 27-29, 2017

Birthday/Christmas Benja-quilt!

Every October for the past 4 years, we’ve made a trek across 4 states to visit our son in Georgia.  It’s been a fun visit every time, and so good to see him in person!  This is also our one chance of the year to bring him things that are too big to mail.

When I checked his Amazon wishlist, I discovered that he needed a quilt, now that he has a double size bed.  Time was running short, so I came up with a simple pattern that featured his favorite color–orange!  The other fabrics ran along the spectrum from blue to green, with some other random shades in there as well.  I’m pleased to say that I made the whole quilt from either scraps or yardage I already had!


Love this spotty dotty fabric for the binding!


I had some helpers when it came time to photograph the quilt–I’m thinking they stole the show!


Couch quilt

IMG_1658Ever since I made a denim cover for our couch, it has been my intention to make a napping quilt just the right size for it.  I was looking at all the thrift shop shirts I have deconstructed for fabric, and thought, “These would look great with denim!”  And I had just the pattern in mind–Scrappy Mountain Majesties, from Bonnie Hunter.


I made a few sample blocks, just to make sure we were compatible, and then set off.  I had great fun arranging these blocks on my design wall, and trying to make them deliberately random!  My arrangement is different than that of the pattern, but I like it this way too.  Some of the shirts came from Goodwill, but several belonged to my father-in-law, and one stripe was a scrap from a suit I made my son 24 years ago!

Since this is a summer quilt, I used no batting and backed it with some dotted flannel.  A bit of quilting, and it’s done!

Civil War quilt top is finished!

civilwarquiltIt took over a year to get these blocks all done and assembled, but here it is!  This was a block-of-the-month project from Barbara Brackman called Threads of Memory.  I purchased reproduction scraps on Etsy, and had so much fun deciding which fabrics to use for each block.  The construction for some of them was pretty advanced, so it was good practice for me.

If you are ever appalled at the price of quilting fabric, let me assure you that quality fabric really does make it easier!  I’ve worked with everything from cheap to expensive, and the good stuff is wonderful, and rather forgiving about mistakes and do-overs.  And keeping an eye out for sales and coupons helps keep the cost down.

My tentative plan for quilting this is to do it by hand!  It is small–44″ by 58″–so it is a manageable size.  It’s been a good while since I did any hand quilting, so this will be another area of practice for me.  It would be nice to have it done in time for the quilt show next January–we will see!


A special quilt for two special people

The blog has been quiet, but I have been busy!  The latest project around here has been another wedding quilt, this time for my nephew and his lovely bride-to-be.  I asked around about her favorite colors, and guessed that she might like a more modern look in a quilt.  So here was the result:

IMG_1131This is a very simple quilt, just half square triangles.  I had great fun arranging them on the design wall several different ways, and then we had a vote to decide which one we liked the best.  This particular arrangement is called broken dishes.

IMG_1133IMG_1135No fancy quilting here, just straight lines on the blocks and a little decoration for the border.  I used Kona cotton solids for the top side of this quilt, and it sews like a dream!

I found a really interesting fabric for the quilt backing, and told the recipient that if she got tired of the loud triangles, she could flip it over for a change!

IMG_1140IMG_1141This was an enjoyable quilt to make, and I managed to finish in time for the wedding shower.  Since I had extra backing fabric, and big quilts are hard to wrap, I made a cloth bag to put it in.  It closely resembles a pillowcase, so I think it might useful that way also.


I’m thinking she liked it–once the quilt was unwrapped, it never left her side!

–Made with love and best wishes for a wonderful marriage in service to the Lord —